Orcas in Russia – level 3
Rescue workers in the far east of Russia braved freezing waters to save four orcas, who were trapped between ice at 50–100 metres from the coastline.
They were stuck overnight, with the head of the region’s emergency ministry explaining that the waters are shallow and filled with stones.
The team of people took a small boat to reach the whales and moved the ice to create gaps that the whales could swim through. It took them several hours but three of the whales, including one calf, were freed. They stayed with the fourth orca, protecting it from the ice, until higher waters allowed it to join the others.
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